Deal of the day: Honda CR-V

  •  Save nearly £4000 on the Honda CR-V
  •  Powerful diesel engine makes it relaxing to drive
  •  Spacious interior means it's great for families

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The car: Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC SE
The saving: £3810
The discounted price: £23,329
The broker: Drivethedeal.com

For
The 2.2-litre diesel in this deal is our pick of the Honda CR-V range because it’s powerful, relatively economical and pulls well from low revs. 

Considering its size and height, the CR-V handles pretty well and is quite relaxing to drive. It’s also fairly comfortable; the suspension does a good job of soaking up smaller road imperfections around town.

Inside, the CR-V's fit and finish is of a high standard. The model also scored well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, being rated as above average for reliability.

The CR-V is also a very practical car to own, with a 589-litre boot that’s expandable to 1648 litres with the rear seats folded. Those seats can be dropped by pulling a lever in the boot to make life even easier. Generous head- and legroom and easy access means this is a very family-friendly car.

Against
Rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 are more efficient and handle better. The CR-V has slow and vague steering and is inclined to lean in to corners more than other SUVs. Mid-corner bumps can unsettle the car making it shimmy over the road surface.

The diesel engines are fairly gruff-sounding and don’t settle down when cruising. The optional five-speed automatic gearbox is hesitant and indecisive, and when it does eventually go for a gearshift it’s not particularly smooth.

The discount applies to a PCP deal only - if you want to pay cash then the saving is £750 less, at £3060.

Should I add any options?
Higher trims are expensive so we’d stick with the reasonably well-equipped SE trim. Upgrade to SR if you want heated part-leather seats and a digital radio.

What next?
Head to Drivethedeal.com and select Honda and CR-V from the drop-down menus to see the full range of deals available.

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